21 Aug 2017

New in from Revlon

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When I say new in, I mean new in my collection, at least. Revlon is one of the few drugstore brands that I hadn't really had much of an experience with, but now I'm kicking myself for missing out on their products for all of these years. I hadn't originally been planning a full, dedicated post on these products, instead intending to feature them in a roundup or currently testing post, but I was so surprised by how much I love them I figured they deserved it. It's been a little while since I felt so excited about new makeup, and when you find yourself reaching for the same products day after day you just know that they're worth shouting about.

I've always seen Revlon as being at the slightly more expensive end of drugstore brands, which is probably one of the main reasons I'd never tried much from them before. To be fair, though, the prices are pretty in keeping with other brands in stores now, so that does seem like a bit of a misconception on my part. In saying that, though, I do feel like the packaging for their products is reflective of this image, with plenty of simple yet sleek shapes and nothing too "gimmicky". It feels a bit more sophisticated than some of the other brands on offer in the likes of Boots and Superdrug, which is always a nice touch.
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18 Aug 2017

VII

Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Top - New Look; Jeans - Dorothy Perkins; Shoes - Adidas
Rings & Earrings - Lovisa

Would you believe it if I told you that this blog was seven years old? I swear it feels like I was celebrating six years just yesterday, but here we are. I never imagined, all those years ago, that setting up this blog from the comfort of my teenage bedroom would lead to this. By this, I mean a hobby that I've actually managed to stick to for a long period of time, that isn't playing The Sims. A place where I spill my thoughts and feelings out on to a page for the world to see, on a regular basis. Something that has brought new friends and experiences into my life, and cemented my passions for writing, photography and all things digital. This little spot, where I ramble and rave about the things I love, has changed my life in ways I never could have dreamed of back when I was 15.

So that's why, in celebration of seven years, I'm actually posting two outfits in one week. A very rare occurrence these days, but when I said that I wanted them to be a more regular feature again, I meant it. It helps that I've also rediscovered my online shopping addiction, meaning there have been a fair few new additions to my wardrobe. This top, for example, which caught my eye when browsing New Look's new in section and instantly made its way into my basket. I'm not sure why, because it's not really what I would expect from my typical style, but I'm kind of in love with it. It's easy to wear, with cute floral details and a feminine frill to add a bit of interest, but the cut helps hide my eternal food baby and it also looks banging with a pair of classic black jeans. Basically, it ticks all my boxes, although it does crease like a bitch.

In a change from the norm, I'm not wearing my standard jewellery uniform of my four-leaf clover necklace and Pandora bracelet, and it's all because of Lovisa. Lovisa opened in Buchanan Galleries a few weeks back and I can't walk past it without paying a visit. Not only do they have those earrings (that everyone and their gran has) in a whole rainbow of colours, they also have a gorgeous mix of stunning statement pieces, daintier styles and plenty of rose gold - exactly what I like in my jewellery. It's a veritable treasure trove, and I'm planning a whole post about the shop next week, but I couldn't resist pairing these bold red earrings with this top because they make me feel sassy as hell, and that's what I'm all about these days.
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16 Aug 2017

The Low-Down on Benefit's Boi-ing Concealer Collection

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Benefit's main "thing" at the moment seems to be repackaging their old favourites, with their brow range being first up on the revamp, now followed by their concealer collection. The classic Boi-ing concealer now has four variations, including the new Airbrush Concealer which was released earlier in the year. I'm pretty loyal to my budget concealer of choice, the Seventeen Stay Time concealer, and have been using the drugstore steal religiously for over two years now, so I was interested to see how the new range would fare in comparison.

Concealer is my one must-have in my make up routine, and I've tried a few of Benefit's concealers before, including the original Boi-ing and my old favourite Fake Up, so I had pretty high hopes for the new additions too. I wasn't a fan of the new packaging for the brow products, but I'm really loving the cute update to the concealer packaging, with the pale pink and swirly font giving it a bit of a kitschy feel that I always associate with Benefit products. The majority of the range comes in little pots, which is probably my least favourite form of concealer packaging, but they do have wide enough openings which make it easy enough to actually use the product.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer

The newest addition to the range and an entirely new product, as far as I can tell, is the Airbrush edition of the concealer. This concealer has a consistency that is more akin to being described as whipped, with a lightweight formula that boasts 10-hour wear. This is definitely a lighter coverage than most concealers, being more of the sheer-to-medium persuasion, meaning it's not quite heavy duty enough for my under eye circles. I find this works much better for evening out my complexion, and it covers minor scarring really well. I love how the lightweight formula feels like nothing on the skin, making it ideal for low-key minimal makeup days. The formula is super creamy and more hydrating than many other concealers I've tried, which makes it ideal for drier complexions like mine, however, I do find that it can sometimes look a little bit too shiny towards the end of the day for my liking.

Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer

The newly repackaged version of the original Boi-ing concealer boasts the same great formula as the original, with a full coverage that hides all of my blemishes and scarring. The heavy nature of this formula does make it prone to creasing in my experience, particularly under my eyes, but it's not drying or chalky so it's easy enough to re-blend and fix. Although it claims to have a matte finish, I find it to be more on the dewy side, and a tad greasy. It's far from sliding off my face but does need a bit of powder to set, which is a bit annoying having to add more product when the concealer is already quite heavy duty. For me, this is best saved for really bad skin days, when the mother of hormonal spots has taken up residence on my chin or the dark circles are out in force.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Boi-ing Brightening Concealer

Brightening concealers are a new love of mine, having recently discovered the joys of colour correction when it comes to concealing redness and hiding my dark undereye circles. Formerly known as Erase Paste, the Boi-ing Brightening Concealer has been a real stand out product for me, with the slight salmon tinge making the dark bags that grace my under eye a thing of the past. It is a bit warmer toned, so I was concerned about how well this would blend into my ultra-pale skin, but it's actually a perfect match and blends like a dream. Again, like the rest of the concealers in their range, this has a really creamy formula but feels less greasy to me. It doesn't crease, which is exactly what I look for in an under eye concealer, and the full coverage formula works some serious magic in my experience.

Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer

Fake Up was one of the first Benefit products I ever tried, so I was glad to see that it was still part of their range, albeit with a new name and packaging! The Hydrating Concealer is housed in a hydrating balm enriched with Vitamin E and is perfect for dry areas like my nose. For some reason, the lighter shade of this is slightly darker than the Airbrush and Industrial Strength variations, which is a tad annoying as it can be a little bit too dark for my skin at times. The coverage is sheer enough that it can be easily blended out to match, so it's not the end of the world, I'd just prefer a bit more consistency across the range.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review Airbrush Brightening Industrial Strength Hydrating | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

At £17.50 a pop, I feel like it's unlikely that someone's going to be rushing out to buy the whole range straight away. It's good to have a range of different products for different looks/different skin days and the range as a whole is great, but I think that if I had to recommend just one to pick up it would have to be the new Airbrush formula as it feels like the most versatile! Saying that, though, the Brightening Concealer has seriously impressed me, and I can see myself repurchasing in the future. The only disappointing thing for me from the collection has to be the inconsistency in shades, which as someone who struggles to find shades pale enough in the first place is a bit annoying. I feel like brands need to have so much more than the standard light, medium, dark selection these days and that would be something I'd love to see Benefit improve on in the future.


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14 Aug 2017

When life gives you lemons...

Glasgow Fashion Blog Izabel London New Look Zara | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog Izabel London New Look Zara | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog Izabel London New Look Zara | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog Izabel London New Look Zara | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Top - Izabel London; Trousers - New Look;
Bag - Zara (old, similar below); Shoes - Vans via ASOS
Necklace - Thomas Sabo; Bracelet - Pandora

Remember how, just a little bit over two weeks ago, I was talking about how I desperately hoped that turning 22 would mark the end of my shitty year? The day came and went, leaving me full of fresh optimism and an outlook for the remainder of 2017 that could only be described as "sunny", but then life happened. A mere four days into my 22nd year, in a taxi back from the train station, I was involved in a car accident. At that moment, overwhelmed by the shock, I remember laughing to myself in disbelief about how yet another awful thing had happened to me when I was so convinced that my luck was changing. It only lasted a few minutes, before I started sobbing hysterically, which is how I remained for the rest of the evening. I am so grateful that, although my injuries are painful and frustrating, it wasn't any worse. I'm grateful for my friend Sarah for coming to my rescue on the side of a busy motorway slip road when I had no idea what to do, and I'm grateful for the diazepam and co-codamol cocktail that helps me sleep even when the pain is at its worst.
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2 Aug 2017

A Spa Day at Gleddoch Hotel

Spa Day Gleddoch Hotel Afternoon Tea Review Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Spa Day Gleddoch Hotel Afternoon Tea Review Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Spa Day Gleddoch Hotel Afternoon Tea Review Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

If I could spend every day at a spa, I would. Floating around in hot tubs, wearing fluffy dressing gowns and forgetting about the world outside. To kickstart my birthday celebrations last week, Sarah and I headed to Gleddoch Hotel in Langbank for a chilled out spa day with afternoon tea at their Imperia Spa, which is basically my idea of heaven. Gleddoch is located just outside of Glasgow, a mere 20 minutes from the city centre and 35 minutes from the stunning shores of Loch Lomond. Despite being so close to the city, Gleddoch feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre crowds, making it the perfect spot for a day of relaxation.

On Wednesday morning, we set off in the very heavy rain towards Gleddoch, ready to hide from the torrential downpour and soak in the pool. It was a really easy drive, with the hotel being based just off the M8 and very well signposted after leaving the motorway. Straight away I was struck by the view from the hotel, which sits on top of a hill, which despite the thick cloud offered a panoramic outlook over the River Clyde towards Dumbarton.
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